In the early 1970s, a man by the name of David Wilkerson released a message called The Coming Persecution. He spoke of a time during which there would be great hatred manifested against Christians. Many of my generation have witnessed the fulfillment of many more of his predictions than we would like, I’m sure. At the time, his words seemed almost beyond belief in the light of the spiritual climate at the time he spoke that message, but when we look at the world stage today, it’s not hard to see that we are squarely in the middle of a time that closely mirrors what David spoke.
This from Breitbart News:
America’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback, said this week that hostility toward Christians in the world has reached an all-time high.
“There is more persecution of Christians now, arguably than any time in the history of the world, and the Christian faith is the most persecuted faith in the world, by far,” Brownback said in his keynote address at the sixth annual Solidarity Dinner hosted by In Defense of Christians (IDC) in Washington, DC.
“And there are people being killed today because of their faith and they are simple, good people who want to just honestly and peacefully practice their faith. And they’re being killed for it,” said the former Kansas governor in receiving the organization’s Charles Malik Human Rights Award for his leadership in the Middle East.
Brownback said moreover that the situation for Christians in the Middle East has reached a critical point.
“If we’re not successful, there will not be a multireligious Middle East; it will no longer exist,” Mr. Brownback said. “Most of the Christians have been driven out of the Middle East already, and we’re trying to work to fight to keep them there, but you’ve got to push now, and now is the season we can get it done.”
Despite the gravity of the situation, Brownback said that with a concerted effort, there is still hope for the future of Christianity in the region.
“The season is important; the time is short,” he said. “I believe we have the opportunity in the next nine months to do more for religious freedom than has happened in the last 20 years.”
The final result of these efforts is ultimately not in human hands alone, Brownback said, urging continued prayer as well as action on behalf of persecuted Christians.
“There are millions of people, right now, praying in quiet corners, in little houses or huts, that are persecuted throughout the world,” Brownback said. “They’re praying to God saying, ‘Help us, we need some help here.’ … And that is why you are here; it is those prayers.”
In 2016, another man, Michael Snyder, wrote a piece in which he said that he believes that we are witnessing a two-sided kind of Christianity being manifested more and more every day. On one side are those who are Christians in name only and are more “political” than anything, or, just outright asleep. On the other is a “remnant” that is hungry for more of God, and one which will become more like the “underground” church of the early years when the pressure was on, but the power of God was greater.